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BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching, Education and Development (Top-Up) (Full-Time)

The BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching, Education and Development (Top-Up) programme aims to develop students' knowledge and skills in the domains of sports coaching, sports development and education - enabling graduates to be capable of operating in a wide range of coaching and education environments, utilising critical reflection skills to ensure continuous development within their practice.

The course provides the opportunity for students that have completed a Foundation Degree/HND, preferably in Sports Coaching, to progress onto the final year of a BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching, Education and Development degree.

Typical Course Structure

  • Research Proposal
  • Dissertation
  • Sports Coaching Behaviours
  • Sports Development in the Community
  • Teaching in the Physical Classroom

Study Details

Students will study on the Lincoln College Campus for the full duration of the course, using our dedicated sports facilities and teaching areas. Full-time, one year. Course contact hours are yet to be confirmed, however an average of 12-14 hours a week can be expected.

Whilst the majority of the sessions delivered at College will fall between Monday and Friday from 9am – 5pm, it is expected that students are available and willing to undertake activities in the evenings and at weekends, in line with the demands of being a professional sports coach or sports development officer.

It is also expected that students complete between three and eight hours of additional independent study per week in order to be successful on this programme.

View the HE Student Handbook

What Our Students Say

“I’ve loved every minute of the course and I’m pleased to be carrying on with my career.” 

Gemma Bell, graduated in 2022 

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How to Apply

This course is validated by the Bishop Grosseteste University. The validating institution is responsible for awarding the qualification at the end of the programme. Students on validated courses are OfS registered, funded and taught at Lincoln College and it is the responsibility of the College to manage all aspects of this provision. The validating institution maintains an oversight of the programme throughout the academic year and must be satisfied that students are being taught in line with the required academic standards of the awarding institution. For full details and information of the responsibilities and conditions of study of both Lincoln College and the validating partners please see the Policies section.

A minimum of 120 credits from:

  • A Level 5 award (e.g. Foundation degree/HND) in a related discipline, comprised of 240 credits, with a minimum of 120 credits at Level 5.


  • GCSE English – Grade C/4 or above
  • GCSE Maths – Grade C/4 or above

*For mature applicants, some experience may be taken in lieu of A Levels/BTECs

EU and International Applicants

  • ENIC confirmed equivalent of 120 credits from level 5 study in a related discipline

  • IELTS with an overall score of 6.0 and a minimum of 5.5 in each component. Equivalent English language qualifications are acceptable for applicants not requiring a Tier 4 student visa

Other Entry Requirements

Applicants will need to undertake a DBS criminal record check to study on this programme. This can be paid for using the Career Degree Bursary. Learn more about the DBS Check.

The assessment methods typically used throughout the programme include:

  • Written assignment, including essay
  • Report
  • Portfolio
  • Practical skills assessment
  • Oral assessment and presentation



The course is designed to prepare and aid learners for a career in the sports coaching, education and sports development industries. Graduates who achieve this BSc (Hons) programme may be eligible to be considered for an MA/MSc qualification in a related field or to further their teaching ambitions through PGCE study.

Per Academic Year

  • Home Students - £8,500
  • International Students - £9,500

Tuition fees will remain unchanged for the duration of a student’s continuous enrolment.

Additional Course Costs

  • Sports kit - £130 (compulsory)
  • DBS check - £48.20 (compulsory)
  • Additional coaching courses (optional) - varying costs

Please see the full ‘HE Terms and Conditions’ for details of additional library and printing costs associated with this programme.

Additional compulsory course costs can be paid for using the Career Degree Bursary. The scheme allows students to access the bursary (up to a maximum value of £500 for full-time or £250 part-time students) for additional optional courses, workshops, professional memberships and resources. There is no cash alternative. Students who wish to access opportunities in excess of the Career Degree Bursary may do so at full cost to themselves.

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Additional Support

If you have Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities and feel that you may need support, for example with your application or visiting us at an Open Day, please contact or call 01522 876225 to discuss your needs. This service is confidential.

Key Facts



Duration:1 Year

Start Date:September 2024

Location:Lincoln Campus

UCAS Course Code:C610

UCAS Institution Code:L42